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February 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Been to the Library lately? Then you’ve noticed the new look. But as part of a longer-term transition from traditional library to The Learning Commons, the first-floor facelift is far more than a mere cosmetic upgrade.

Upon entering the Library, glowing blue signs greet visitors and advertise the new Media Tech Center and Library Information Center, an integration of academic and technology resources in a single location on campus. The previous lobby space has been removed to create more study areas and workstations on the first floor.

On Wednesday, the Learning Commons played host to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Library’s new Media Tech Center – created in partnership with the Information Technology department – and to anticipate further developments in other parts of the building.

Over the last decade, the Library has surveyed students, faculty and staff about the resources, services and facilities they would find most valuable, says Dean of University Library Services Peter Deekle.

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

President’s Distinguished Speakers Series: Panel Discussion Featuring Leonard Pitts Jr.

In his second visit to RWU, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Leonard Pitts Jr. will join a panel of experts and commentators from the University and beyond in discussing the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery in America, and its impact over the 150 years since its passage in a presentation titled: "The Modern Legacy of the 13th Amendment and Race Relations in the U.S." 

Other confirmed panelists include:

  • David Canton – Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College
     
  • Kamille Gentles-Peart – Associate Professor of Communication, Roger Williams University
     
  • Hume Johnson – Assistant Professor of Communication, Roger Williams University

The event is also part of a yearlong series at RWU titled 150 Years Later: The 13th Amendment & Race in America, which calls upon us to both celebrate the monumental legislation to abolish slavery, but also to reflect critically on the current state of race relations in the U.S.

New Research Shows Latino Households Face Challenges in Homebuyer Market

February 27, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The Latino Policy Institute and HousingWorks RI – two policy groups at Roger Williams University – released an infographic today that shows the challenges facing Latino homeowners and some of the conditions preventing Rhode Island’s Latino renters from entering the homebuyer market.

The analysis done by HWRI reviews median renter household incomes and single-family home prices from 2007 to 2013. During that time, the income needed to afford the median priced single-family home outpaced the household incomes of both Latino and non-Latino renters. However, the median renter household income for Latinos declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2013 while the median renter household income for non-Latinos remained the same.

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On March 2, Best-Selling Author Nicholas Carr to Explore the Ubiquity of Technology

February 26, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – In a world in which documenting everyday life in snapshots and status updates posted for public view on the web is the norm, while corporations freely collect and share information culled from online identities, the debate remains open: Does the ubiquitous digitization of society helps us or harm us?

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Common Reading: "From 'The Circle' to 'The Glass Cage': The Intersection of Technology & Humanity"

Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His latest work, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, challenges our conceptions of technology and demands that we rethink how computerization and digitization work to benefit us all.

Both The Shallows and The Glass Cage address themes identified in this year's Common Reading selection — The Circle by Dave Eggers.

Called an "exceedingly lucid" speaker and one of the "100 Most Influential People in IT," he speaks across the world on information technology, the culture of innovation and business strategy.

A book signing will follow the event.

Attendance is required for first-year students. The event is open to the entire RWU community, with limited seats available tot he greater community. Depending on attendance, some attendees may be seated in an overflow location.

On Money, Politics & Corruption: Scholar, Activist Lawrence Lessig to visit RWU on Feb. 23

February 12, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., –  Author, attorney and activist Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is an expert on intellectual property and Internet policy, and a watchdog on government corruption. He’s also an acclaimed free thinker and visionary, and one of the more captivating voices in America today.

On Monday, Feb. 23, members of the public are invited to spend an evening with Lessig as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University. In a presentation titled “Equal Citizens,” Lessig will explore political campaign funding in America, which he says has fundamentally distorted the commitment to equality instilled by our country’s framers more than two centuries ago.

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Birss Memorial Lecture Series: "Violence, Stigmatization and the Ongoing Relevance of 'Native Son'"

The 15th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series celebrates the 75th anniversary of Richard Wright's Native Son, one of the first major works of literature by an African-American writer about African-Americans. As part of the lecture series, a keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas. Her lecture — "Life had made the plot over and over again: Violence, Stigmatization and the Ongoing Relevance of Richard Wright's Native Son" — is free and open to the public.  

Birss Memorial Lecture Series: Book Discussion of "Native Son"

As part of the annual Birss Memorial Lecture Series, Dr. James Tackach, Professor of English, and Abigail DeVeuve, a student in the RWU Honors Program, will moderate a group discussion of Native Son. Co-sponsored by the University Honors Program and the RWU Library. Free and open to the public.

President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Lawrence Lessig

In a conversation titled "Equal Citizens," preeminent scholar, attorney and activist Lawrence Lessig will explore the issue of political funding and its effect on equality in America.  

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is an expert on intellectual property and Internet policy, and a watchdog on government corruption. He’s also an acclaimed free thinker and visionary, and one of the more captivating voices in America today.

In this presentation, Professor Lessig will discuss how political campaign funding has fundamentally distorted the commitment to equality instilled by our framers more than two centuries ago.

A book signing will immediately follow the event.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call 401-254-3166.

RWU students will receive a 1/3 merit lottery point for attending this event.

Photo credit: Yanai Yechiel